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South Africa – SABC bans EFF election ad as inciting violence

BBC

South Africa row over Julius Malema election advert

Julius Malema speaks as he launches his Economic Freedom Fighters party in Johannesburg, South Africa on 11 July 2013 Julius Malema was once a close ally of President Jacob Zuma, but launched his own party in July last year

South Africa’s public broadcaster has said it refused to broadcast a campaign message from the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) as it incited violence.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) denied that it was banned because it came from the EFF.

The advert calls for people to “destroy e-Tolls”, a controversial new road tolling system.

The EFF, set up by ex-ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, is contesting an election for the first time next month.

‘Unfair coverage’

Mr Malema likened the SABC’s actions to those used by the apartheid government, which censored messages with anti-government sentiment.

Who is Julius Malema?

  • Born 3 March 1981 in Limpopo province
  • Mother was domestic worker and single parent
  • Joined ANC aged nine and elected leader of its youth wing in April 2008
  • Convicted of hate speech in March 2010 and September 2011
  • Expelled from ANC in April 2012 for sowing divisions in party
  • Toured mines following the shooting of 34 miners in Marikana by police in August 2012, urging workers to make the sector “ungovernable”
  • Set up the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) party in 2013

“Once you suppress the people contesting elections it means you not ready to give us free and fair elections because unfair coverage leads to unfair elections,” he told reporters in Johannesburg.

However, SABC spokesman Kaiser Kganyago said it was to do with regulations, not politics.

“They submitted it, we looked at it, and we found that we couldn’t put it on air,” the South African Press Association news agency quotes him as saying.

“The EFF, like any other political party, signed the code of conduct with the IEC [Independent Election Commission] that says it will not incite violence…. [the advert] goes against the code.”

The SABC has reportedly written to the EFF telling them to amend the advert, but the party has refused to do so.

Earlier this month, the SABC also rejected an advert from the Democratic Alliance (DA), the country’s main opposition party, saying it used language that promoted violence and amounted to a “personal attack” against President Jacob Zuma.

But it was eventually aired after the Independent Communications Authority of SA’s (Icasa) complaints and compliance committee ruled in the party’s favour.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlovu said their party had also lodged an Icasa complaint.

A supporter of the leader of South African opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) which one of their posters - 16 April 2014 The DA initially had one of their adverts rejected by the SABC
ANC supporters sit by a campaign truck as people leave after listening to President Jacob Zuma delivering a speech at a rally at Umasizakhe stadium in the Eastern Cape city of Graaf-Reinet on 10 April 2014 Jacob Zuma became president five years ago

Its advert, which has been posted on YouTube, starts with a widow of one of the striking miners killed by police in August 2012 in what is called the Marikana massacre.

It is followed by a message from Mr Malema asking South Africans to vote against the “empty promises of the last 20 years”, then several slogans appear across the screen, one of which says: “Destroy e-tolls physically!”

Mr Malema was once a close ally of Mr Zuma but was expelled from the governing African National Congress (ANC) in 2012 for sowing divisions in the party.

The BBC’s Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg says opposition parties have in the past accused the SABC of a bias towards the ANC and censoring messages, which the broadcaster denied.

However, the refusal by the SABC to air these adverts plays into that perception, our correspondents says.

After a hotly contested election campaign, South Africans go to the polls on 7 May.

It will be the first time that the ANC is contesting a general election without Nelson Mandela, its former leader and South Africa’s first democratically elected president who died at the age of 95 in December. BBC

South Africa – Malema says government must provide services

Mail and Guardian

EFF leader Julius Malema addressed a crowd of people in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria about why they need to change their vote in the upcoming elections.

EFF leader, Julius Malema, says people must change their votes if they want service delivery (Gallo)                    
EFF leader, Julius Malema, says people must change their votes if they want service delivery (Gallo)

                                   

Malema said the fact that government had no money should not be used as an excuse to not deliver services. “These roads are like this because you’re to blame,” he said.  “You have been voting for the same people.”

Malema was addressing hundreds of supporters who had gathered for the launch of the party’s elections truck. He told residents that the power was in their hands to bring change and improve their lives. There was no water, electricity, toilets or decent roads in the area.

“Government might not have money, but they [can] caterpillar trucks to flatten roads to make them usable.” He urged residents to change their votes and go with a party that would deliver. “The reason you’re here is because you keep on voting for the same people. “Change is you – change your vote,” he said.

EFF is not a non-white party

Malema called on white people to join the party to get their hands on land. “White people must join the struggle for land,” he said. “Only two percent of whites own land. If they want land, they must join EFF.”

He said the EFF was not a non-whites party, but a vanguard for the working class. “That includes the white workers,” he said. Malema was mobbed by supporters when he arrived at the sports ground. Supporters wearing red berets and T-shirts sang and danced with him.

Banks steal from the poor

He said the financial sector and banks are stealing from the poor. “We must make sure the financial sector is accountable,” he said. “They [banks] are the ones stealing from us.” Malema said banks were allowed to steal from the poor because government officials were benefiting.

He told residents that banks should not be allowed to repossess houses while an individual who was left with a year to go can’t pay. “There is no one who must loose a house. We must transform the financial sector and it must speak to the needs of our people,” he said.

“We need government-owned banks that would grant qualifying customers interest free loans. We must deliver services. Why should government be worried about making a profit?”

He said people were charged exorbitant prices for the same house even after the bank had recovered its money. – Sapa M&G

South Africa – EFF and Malema says sequestration ai ed at silencing him

City Press
Sequestration part of agenda to silence Malema – EFF
10 February 2014

Julius Malema. Picture: Elizabeth Sejake/City Press
The EFF has claimed Julius Malema’s provisional sequestration was part of an agenda to silence him.

“The SA Revenue Service continues to be used by those in the ruling party who fear to meet EFF and the CIC [commander-in-chief] in particular on the ballot,” Economic Freedom Fighters’ spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement today.

“In addition, it seeks to disqualify the most vibrant and radical representative voice of the disadvantages, fighter Julius Malema from serving in parliament.”

Earlier, the EFF leader was provisionally sequestrated by the High Court in Pretoria.

A draft order was signed and made an order of court. Reading the order into the record Judge Bill Prinsloo said: “The estate of the respondent [Malema] is placed in provisional sequestration.”

Malema and anyone else who did not want the order to be made final had until 10am on May 26 to give reasons as to why this should not happen.

His lawyer, Tumi Mokoena said Malema’s ambitions to serve in Parliament would be thwarted should a provisional sequestration order against him become final.

He would be allowed to stand as an MP, but with potential complications. Should he be elected, he would lose his seat as MP if the provisional order became final. The EFF said Malema would remain its presidential candidate in the general elections.

Before the 26 of May, CIC will challenge the provisional sequestration and if not successful, we shall appeal the decision until the highest court of the land,” said Ndlozi.

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South Africa – Polokwane braces for start of Malema corruption trial

Mail and Guardian
Polokwane prepares for Malema trial
17 NOV 2013 10:04 SAPA

Police aim to ensure “peace and stability” in Polokwane as Julius Malems’a corruption gets under way on Monday.

Security will be tight at the Polokwane High Court, where EFF leader Julius Malema’s corruption trial is expected to start on Monday, Limpopo police said.

Police would monitor and patrol the area in and around the court, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

The city centre and Malema’s hometown of Seshego would also be monitored.

“The aim is to ensure peace and stability. No lawlessness will be tolerated and those who break the law will be arrested immediately,” said Mulaudzi.

Malema is accused of making nearly R4-million from corrupt activities.

He is out on bail of R10 000 and faces charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering, and racketeering.

His co-accused are his business associates Kagisho Dichabe, Lesiba Gwangwa, Helen Moreroa, and Makgetsi Manthata, who are out on bail of R40 000 each.

The trial is expected to run until November 29.

A night vigil would be held by Malema’s supporters at Cosmo Leisure Lodge and Conference Centre in Polokwane on Sunday.

Mulaudzi said police would also monitor the vigil.

On Monday, streets around the high court would be closed to traffic from 6am.

A supporters’ march was scheduled to take place on Monday from Oost Street down Bodenstein Street to the court. – Sapa

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South Africa – is ANC scared of Malema and EFF support among youth?

Mail and Guardian

 

The ruling party seems to be taking Economic Freedom Fighters leader’s claims of huge support among the youth seriously.

Julius Malema says he has enough followers to win the polls next year. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)                    
Julius Malema says he has enough followers to win the polls next year. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

                                   

Julius Malema has declared that his party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), is the ruling party-in-waiting, and that the election next year will affirm its popular support.

Malema has never been short on hyperbole and his claims will be treated as yet another mouthful from the former ANC youth league leader, who is not known for his modesty.

 

The launch of his party on Sunday October 13 will be a moment of reckoning for Malema because it will put to the test his unrealistic boast that the EFF has enough support to take over the running of the country after the elections.

The ANC has not publicly admitted that Malema is a threat to its support during next year’s polls, but a number of events suggest that, in reality, the ruling party is not leaving anything to chance.

The appointment of former youth league president Malusi Gigaba as the head of its elections committee indicates that the ANC is looking to win over the youth vote that Malema is relying on for his support.

The ANC has also roped in another former youth leader in Fikile Mbalula, who has been a key organiser for the party in the past but had fallen out of favour because of his failed campaign to remove Jacob Zuma as ANC president.

‘Gap in our politics’ The Independent Electoral Commission has identified that there are 12-million voters who are between the ages of 18 and 39 whose support is up for grabs by all the competing political parties.

Malema has fashioned himself as the champion of poor, unemployed young people, who he says have been betrayed by the ANC and business. But does he really have their vote?

Political analyst Steven Friedman is convinced that Malema does not really enjoy the kind of backing he claims to have.

“There is a gap in our politics to the left of the ANC,” Friedman wrote in Business Day in June.  “But Malema cannot fill it: he has no support among the poor and no sense of how to speak for people at the grass-roots level. Given this, why does the prospect of a Malema-led party get so much attention? One answer is that political journalists are entranced by him. Many middle-class people harbour deep fears that a majority-ruled South Africa cannot prosper. One aspect of this fear is the expectation that a demagogue will arise who will whip the poor into a frenzy of retribution, urging them to seize the goods of those who have what they lack. This fear is ignited whenever anyone in the ANC begins using militant language: because it runs very deep, no one bothers to ask if they really enjoy support.”

But there are signs that ANC leaders are at least thinking about him.

Malema has claimed that, in the week of his public consultation with his supporters about whether to form a party, he received a call from the top echelons of the ANC asking him to negotiate with them. He claims he rebuffed the overtures from the party that expelled him.

Panyaza Lesufi, mostly known as the spokesperson for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and a member of the Gauteng ANC provincial executive committee, recently wrote an opinion piece in which he urged the ANC to reconsider its decision to expel Malema. He also urged Malema to return to the ruling party.

Well grounded The ANC distanced itself from the call, but it is known that what partly motivated Lesufi’s call was the reception he saw the ANC getting in many communities on the East Rand. In door-to-door campaigns in the townships of Thokoza, Katlehong, Tembisa and others, the ANC regional leadership met families who openly expressed support for Malema. Most ANC members dis-agreed with Lesufi’s argument on the basis that Malema had not shown contrition after his expulsion.

The ANC’s own internal surveys last year – even before the EFF was formed – were already indicating that the party might shed some votes next year. It is not known whether the formation of the EFF could compound those concerns.

Malema had a spring in his step this week after the EFF won four seats in the University of Limpopo SRC elections. The EFF performed even better than the ANC Youth League, but was beaten by another ANC-aligned structure, the South African Students Congress, which won seven seats. The youth league won three seats.

The EFF claims to be well grounded in Limpopo, where many structures that used to support Malema and ousted premier Cassel Mathale were disbanded by the interim provincial leadership of the ANC. The EFF is actively recruiting in those structures.

ANC president Jacob Zuma has visited Limpopo several times recently. He went to a church in Giyani last Sunday, and then returned to the area on Tuesday to open a new road.

The ANC will say with great confidence that Malema does not constitute a threat and dismiss his bluster that they are running scared of him. But there is enough to suggest it will have to take note of him as a possible threat to its majority.


Rapule Tabane is the Mail & Guardian’s politics editor.

South Africa: Malema says EFF will become ruling party

City Press
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will become the new ruling party in South Africa, leader Julius Malema has said.

“We are going to take this government and once we take it, we are not going to negotiate, we are going to take our land,” he said today at an EFF rally in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg.

“We are going to take it because its our land.”

He told a cheering crowd that he would not be intimidated by anyone. “They will say all sorts of things about us, but they will never shake us,” he said. “If they want to disrupt our meetings, we are waiting.”

Malema urged residents not to be scared. “We must never be intimidated. We all have a right to be involved in politics.” He told residents that the EFF was there to defend them. “There is no one who is going to tell us this is a no-go area. We can go anywhere in South Africa,” he said.

“There is no one who’s going to take your pension. We are here to defend you.”

Malema was at the rally with businessman Kenny Kunene and expelled ANC Youth League spokesman Floyd Shivambu. He said earlier that the African National Congress needed Jesus to return to earth, because the party had become arrogant.

“They said they were going to rule until Jesus comes back. What kind of statement is that?” he asked. “They need Jesus. So Jesus has come back, they must go out. They are not the Alpha and Omega.” He said the people of the country were the “Alpha and Omega”.

“You must exercise power. We can take over this government,” Malema said. In March 2009 President Jacob Zuma told ANC supporters in Mpumalanga that the party would rule until Jesus returned.

Malema, who previously held the position of ANC Youth League president, was expelled from the party last year.

He launched the EFF “protest movement” on Thursday.

He said at the time that the EFF had a plan that included the non-negotiable principles of land expropriation and nationalisation of mines, both without compensation.

It was also strongly opposed to foreign land ownership.

“There will never be foreign ownership of land, that is what we will do when we take over.” Malema warned South Africans on Thursday to prepare for the sacrifices that would come with the EFF’s envisaged revolution.

“There will be a day when we will wake up without bread on the shelves. We will learn to make our own bread.” He said the EFF would have firm anti-corruption policies.

Malema is facing corruption charges in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court.

He is accused of making nearly R4 million from corrupt activities. He is out on bail of R10 000 and faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering.

- Sapa M&G

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One in four South African youths would support Malema party

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One in four youths would support Malema party
26 JUN 2013 14:55 KHUTHALA NANDIPHA

Some 26% of young South Africans believe former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema would do more to help the poor than other political parties.

A survey of 3 585 respondents aged 18 to 34 across South Africa, conducted by consumer insights company Pondering Panda, shows more than 1 in 4 young South Africans would vote for a political party led by Malema.

The respondents believed Malema would do well in service delivery, housing provision and education and 15% thought he would create more jobs.

Earlier this month, Malema formed a new political platform called Economic Freedom Fighters which will organise consultative forums across the country.

The expelled ANC Youth League leader claimed the group would create radical change, while the current political system would only result in entrenching poverty.

He is currently facing corruption charges for allegedly manipulating government tenders in Limpopo.

Political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni said the findings of the survey were interesting, given that normally a person’s popularity diminishes once they were no longer part of the ANC brand.

“However, making sure that he gets the actual votes will depend on his available resources countrywide and the financial support he gets from the corporate sector,” he said.

Disillusioned youth
Fikeni cited current United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa as an example of a politician who was very popular during his reign at the ANC. He subsequently made the mistake of thinking his supporters would follow him to UDM.

“However, given the current economic hardships, it is easy to understand why young people would be excited about the radical option that Malema proposes. The youth has no faith in the current system,” he added.

He warned that promises of proper service delivery would depend on the infrastructure Malema had at his disposal and placement of branches across the country.

Shirley Wakefield, of Pondering Panda, agreed with Fikeni’s notion that young people were dissatisfied with the ANC and hence saw Malema as a viable alternative. “A lot of the respondents are dissatisfied with the ANC, with 68% feeling that the party had not kept the promises they made in the last election,” she said.

However, the survey showed that at least 35% of respondents would still vote for the ANC, 15% for the DA, 14% would not vote, 6% would vote for other parties and 4% were unsure of how they would cast their ballot.

Malema’s strongest support (45%) came from his home province Limpopo as well as the North West and the Free State.

“These figures show that even under ANC rule, many young people feel their lives have not improved as they expected. They believe that the ruling party is not doing enough to lift people out of poverty, and that Malema would do more for South Africa’s poor, if elected”, she added.

All responses were weighted to be nationally representative in terms of age, gender and race.

Khuthala Nandipha is a journalist for the Mail & Guardian.
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S Africa – AMCU head says his union refused to sign deal with Lonmin

Reuters Africa

By Olivia Kumwenda

Mineworkers take part in a march at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa's North West Province, September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s militant AMCU union refused to sign a “peace deal” with platinum company Lonmin on Thursday, undermining government-backed efforts to open pay talks and end a four-week strike scarred by deadly violence.

Though Lonmin, the world’s number three platinum producer, signed the accord with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the early hours, representatives of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) declined to put their name to the agreement.

“We didn’t sign,” AMCU National Treasurer Jimmy Gamma told Reuters.

He declined to give further details, and AMCU-affiliated miners at the Marikana platinum mine where police shot dead 34 striking rock-drill operators last month were unwilling to talk.

On Wednesday, more than 3,000 striking miners marched through streets near the mine, 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, in the largest protest since the August 16 shooting, South Africa’s bloodiest security incident since the end of apartheid in 1994.

There was no violence, though some of the stick-waving demonstrators threatened to burn the mine to the ground and kill its management if their demands for better pay and working conditions were not met.

Lonmin shares, which had lost 25 percent of their value since August 16, jumped around 5 percent in early trade in Johannesburg and London amid hopes that the “peace deal” would open up a path to a settlement, despite AMCU’s holding out.

Separately, Lonmin said it was open to talks with AMCU on their demands for a hike in base pay to 12,500 rand a month – more than double what they are currently paid, a hike analysts say the company can ill afford.    Read more…

S Africa – police Hawks may be about to press Malema fraud charges

Mail and Guardian

The Mail & Guardian has learned the long-running Hawks investigation into allegations of fraud and corruption by Julius Malema is nearing completion.

 

A senior government official and a law enforcement official who have been briefed on the case told the Mail & Guardian the elite police unit is “ready to charge” Malema; and that warrants have been issued for the controversial former ANC Youth League leader’s arrest.

“It will happen before long – at least in the coming weeks,” one of the sources, who requested anonymity, told the M&G.

The sources said Malema would be arrested on allegations of fraud and corruption connected to the issuing of tenders in Limpopo, and possibly for outstanding tax liabilities with the South African Revenue Service (Sars), which has taken a keen interest in his rapid accumulation of assets.

The fraud and tax evasion allegations are also understood to be directly linked to On-Point engineering – part owned by Malema’s Ratanang family trust – which held a contract to administer part of a multibillion-rand Limpopo roads budget. On-Point allegedly owes up to R15-million in unpaid taxes to Sars.

Though allegations of tender fraud date back to 2010, an arrest now would likely spark claims of political or executive interference. But analysts say that would have been the case regardless of the timing.

“When it happens is not important. Either way questions will be asked of the ANC’s role in the matter – especially President Jacob Zuma,” said Aubrey Matshiqi, political analyst at the Helen Suzman Foundation.

“He [Zuma] will immediately be accused of the exact same thing Thabo Mbeki was accused of – using state organs to settle political scores.”

Opportunism
Malema raised the ire of ruling party leaders in recent weeks after he waded into the Marikana mine killings, and his actions have been slammed as political opportunism.

“Marikana was taken over and hijacked. Out of it came counter-revolutionaries to undermine our movement,” ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told a Young Communist League public lecture in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni last week. Read more…

S Africa – ANC Youth League lions losing their roar

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Without Julius Malema leading the charge, the young lions’ roar has been reduced to a dejected sigh. Is the ANC Youth League ready to give up on Juju?

On Monday, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) made another attempt to salvage the career of their expelled president Julius Malema, calling on the ruling party to roll back the punishment meted out to Malema and other leaders in a plea that has, perhaps unsurprisingly, fallen on deaf ears.

Appealing to the ANC leadership—directly, in public—suggests that the league’s behind-the-scenes efforts to lobby members of the ruling party’s national executive committee (NEC) to revoke Malema’s expulsion and start the disciplinary process from scratch have been in vain, and that the youth body may even be ready to give up the fight.

And so — at least to journalists used to youth league press conferences brimming with revolutionary rhetoric, defiance and zeal — the league seemed a shadow of its former self, as those of its leaders who remain unexpelled or unsuspended wearily repeated their plea for the ANC to reinstate Malema.

“The [ANCYL’s] NEC calls on the leadership of the ANC to decisively intervene and provide a political solution on the unprecedented outcome of the national disciplinary appeals committee [NDCA] and demand immediate reinstatement of our leaders,” the league’s deputy secretary general, Kenetswe Mosenogi said, reading in muted tones from a prepared statement.

“It would only take one meeting, that’s all,” said deputy president Ronald Lamola. “We would resolve our differences and we would all leave laughing.”

But laughs were in short supply among the youth league’s remaining leaders, whose numbers were further whittled down in a minor purge at its NEC meeting at the weekend.  Read more…